RUSH: To the phones we go to Baltimore. This is Pam. You're up first. Great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Uh, I'm surprised I got in. I've been trying to call you for a while. You know, it's amazing to me that you make as much money as you do because you are full of BS. And the people who listen to you, most of them are probably hardworking people who you guys have convinced that there should be limited government and they shouldn't take handouts. And that's all they're taking is a handout because every time they call you and they listen to you and believe that BS that you put out there, you are hurting them and you're laughing all the way to the bank. And as far as our president is concerned, you need to stop mocking him. It makes you look even less intelligent than you are. That's BS.
RUSH: Well, in the first place there's --
RUSH: There's no BS on this program.
CALLER: Yes, it is.
RUSH: No, no.
CALLER: Bush ran this country into the ground.
RUSH: No, no, that's --
CALLER: There were no tea parties when Bush was spending us out of house and home! Nobody complained about taxes.
RUSH: Pam, the tea --
CALLER: Nobody complained about none of that that Bush did to this country.
CALLER: You know that as well as I do.
RUSH: Pam, look, look, look. This is going to be a total waste of time. I have myself been critical of the Bush administration for all the spending.
CALLER: Oh. Please.
RUSH: Yeah. But I'm not "mocking" the president.
CALLER: Yes, you are!
RUSH: No. No, no, no.
CALLER: That -- that --
RUSH: Mocking him would be to make fun of him.
CALLER: The bigoted comments you make are (garbled)
RUSH: That's not...
CALLER: (garbled) (person shouting in the background)
RUSH: That's not mocking!
CALLER: That's it!
CALLER: All that is just bigoted, stereotypical --
RUSH: It's not mocking him. It's telling the truth about him.
CALLER: No, it's not. You wouldn't know the truth if it smacked you in the face.
RUSH: Uh, I'm sorry but it's you wouldn't know the truth. I am --
CALLER: You don't know anything about me!
RUSH: I am the truth.
CALLER: I know about you because --
RUSH: I am the truth, and --
CALLER: -- I listen to your show, too.
RUSH: -- I smack you upside the head every day, and it still hasn't got through your epidermis!
CALLER: (silence) Please.
RUSH: It's nowhere near --
RUSH: -- your brain.
RUSH: Your epidermis is rejecting the truth --
CALLER: No, no, no, no!
RUSH: -- because you are so filled with bias --
CALLER: The one thing I can give you over Sean Hannity is that you allow people to --
RUSH: -- and bigotry of your own self.
CALLER: -- speak their minds, but you guys are full of BS, and you are big-ass liars.
RUSH: Uh, no. Neither is true. We both deal in the truth.
CALLER: No, you --
RUSH: How much money I make has nothing to do with anything that you've talked about, and I wish that what I was saying about President Obama wasn't true, Pam. The onus is on people like you to wake up and to realize where this president is taking this country. We have somebody leading the country who doesn't really like it -- and that's not good, Pam. We care about the country here. We want everybody to do well. We want everybody to prosper. Pam, it is simply outrageous. Look at this story. "Private Pay Shrinks to Historic Lows as Gov't Payouts Rise -- Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in US history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.
"At the same time, government-provided benefits -- from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs -- rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010." We are paying people not to work. We are paying people to be lazy. We are rewarding people who don't achieve anything. We are paying people in government who don't produce anything much more than what we are paying people in the private sector. It's the people in the private sector who pay, who earn the money that is paid to government workers. This is simply not sustainable! This is Greece times five if this does not change. In fact, "The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: The federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expensive programs. Government-generated income is taxed at lower rates or not at all, he says. 'This is really important,' Grimes says.
"The recession has erased 8 million private jobs." The unemployment rate in the public sector is below 3%. This is not sustainable -- and also, Pam, this is not an accident. We have a president who resents the traditions and institutions which have made this country great. We have a president whose politics are those of grievance. He has been educated and raised to believe that America is unjust, immoral, and needs to be cut down to size. We have a president who sees it as his main responsibility, Pam, to preside over America's decline. And, Pam, I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for our country to decline. Our country can only decline if it is led in that direction by people who want it to happen. We are not the kind of country that can decline on its own. It has to be forced, and it is being forced, and it's being done so happily and with approval. "Facts are stubborn things," Pam. It is not I who mock the president. It is facts which accurately detail this president. Mock him? I wish that's all I was doing! I wish all I was doing was making fun of him. But, frankly, there's not much to laugh at, Pam, and I wish there were.
Tony in Palm Harbor, Florida, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir.
CALLER: How you doin', Rush?
RUSH: Very well.
CALLER: Basically, I just wanted to say that he doesn't care. Barack Obama doesn't care, man. I've never seen somebody more detached than he is. It's not because Jindal's a Republican. Obama just doesn't care. It's basically what the heck it's at, man.
RUSH: Well, okay. Why do you think he doesn't care? Because David Gergen says he "obviously" does care.
CALLER: He doesn't care because he's a self-consumed, petty, petulant, devious, cynical, perverse character. That's why he doesn't care.
RUSH: That's a shocking thing to say. He doesn't care about the spill.
CALLER: No, he doesn't. He doesn't. If he really cared -- and he's not smart, either. He doesn't jump down there. Just for show, just for show. Even if he don't care, which he doesn't, just do it for show, man. Aren't you that nice?
RUSH: Well, I think we have to give some credence to what you're saying, even though you "mock the president" right along with me here.
CALLER: Yeah, that's great. That's great.
CALLER: Hey, listen. Hey, Rush? Rush?
CALLER: He names this guy, this militant homosexual, Kevin Jennings as a "safe school czar." Doesn't this guy have some affiliation with NAMBLA?
RUSH: Yeah, I know. We point this out and people say, "Well, Obama doesn't know." These people are Obama! Every one of these czars and every one of these cabinet posts, every judicial nominee, they are Obama. That is why they're being picked. That's why they are in these positions. The idea that somebody's pulling the wool over Obama's eyes on this? That's what's filled with sophistry.
RUSH: So I went to the e-mails during the break. Man, oh, man! The people are reacting to the call from Pam in Baltimore. Pam, let me just tell you something -- and let me tell the rest of you what's really going on with this and why I don't take any of this personally. Because a lot of you say, "Rush, how can you sit there and put up with all that?" Folks, look. We've been doing this for 21 years. What this woman did, Pam in Baltimore, is she attacked me because she doesn't like that I am successful. She led off with that. That was her number one thing, all this so-called wealth and got rich was BS. She just doesn't like anybody who's successful. She doesn't like anybody who opposes Obama. She is the Obama mentality. She did not say one thing of substance. She insisted that I stop exposing Obama's defects, which are infinite.
She wants me silenced. She wants us all to just go along with the destruction of our society, and those of us who stand up to all this? Why, we're nothing but rich! We've got ours; screw everybody else. We're outta touch. Or we're racists or we're ignorant or we're the militia, on and on and on. But it won't work, not this time, and you know why, Pam? And I'll tell you all the rest of you. Be confident here. Obama now has a record. He can't blame all this on Bush. Obama now has a record, and it is awful. He has a record of abject failure at virtually everything he has sought, quote, unquote, "to fix." And if you believe that he actually wants to fix these things, you need to listen even closer. Nobody in their right mind who actually wanted to create jobs to cause an end to our recession and once again create wealth would do anything this administration is doing. Not one thing.
And don't tell me that all these people are just naive, idealists and utopians who don't get it. They do get it. They know exactly what they're doing. They do have ego. They do think that their presence will make these ideas work for the first time in world history. But why do they want these ideas to work? It is they who want to get rich. It is they who want to get rich on the backs of everybody else. It is they who want great wealth without earning it. They either want to inherit it or they want to be able to siphon it from other people. They have no way of earning this kind of wealth that they claim to resent. But they desire it. That's why they want all the money, as much as they can get, in control of Washington with themselves and their fingers involved with the purse strings and so forth.
Obama is hurting middle-class families. He is hurting small business. He is hurting taxpayers of all walks of life. He is bankrupting the next two generations, maybe three. So we're not going to shut up. We are going to speak out, we're gonna stand up, and we're going to do all we can to stop this in November and in future elections. You can try calling and shouting us down. You can try insulting us with your baseless, unsubstantive charges. Go ahead and try it. As for mocking, who is the king of mocking right now? Obama. Obama is the king of mocking. He mocks the tea party activists, calls 'em "tea baggers." He mocks Republicans. He mocks those who criticized his health care law. He mocks those who don't accept the hoax of global warming. Obama mocks others all the time -- and he is the president!
He does all this mocking because he has nothing else. He mocks the bank guys. He sends union thugs to their homes. I'm sure by now you've all heard of the column Nina Easton wrote. She lives in the same neighborhood as a guy who works at a bank. SEIU union thugs got a police escort to this guy's house to make a protest on his front yard and at his front door. He wasn't home. Only his teenage son was at home. His teenage son was scared to death. He called his dad and his dad said, "Go to a bathroom and lock the door." The cops gave an escort to SEIU union thugs to this guy's neighborhood, and they said, "Oh, yeah. Well, these banks are not off the hook now, we're going to protest them," and this guy's a Democrat. This is Obama. This is what a community agitator and organizer does. Obama is the guy who creates this kind of tension. Obama wants it. This is how Obama has rewarded himself with power. He doesn't have anything else. He doesn't have anything substantive. Back to the phones we go. People have been waiting a long time. Roger in Seaside, California, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, good morning.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: No-handout-taking dittos.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: Listen, President Obama is visiting a solar panel manufacturing plant this morning in Fremont, California.
CALLER: And so I heard on the radio this morning driving my daughter to private school that all nonunion workers were ordered to stay home today for fear -- for security reasons.
RUSH: Uh, uh, uh. Wait, at a solar panel manufacturing plant?
CALLER: Solar panel manufacturing plant.
RUSH: And what nonunion workers were ordered to stay home? People at the plant?
CALLER: People at the plant, right, because President Obama is visiting so all the nonunion workers that work at that plant were ordered to stay home today for security reasons.
RUSH: Wow. What kind of workers are these? Are these blue-collar workers or these executives?
CALLER: Blue-collar, I'm assuming. I heard this on the Drive-By Media. I'm assuming they're blue-collar, putting these solar panels together.
RUSH: Wow. All nonunion people urged to stay home?
CALLER: Without pay.
RUSH: Without pay.
CALLER: "For security reasons."
RUSH: For security reasons. I guess we've had some profiling here, right?
CALLER: Well, I don't want to make any assumptions, you know. I don't want to go that far, but I would say that when they're handing out that stimulus money I guess they do want that enthusiastic audience cheering him on.
RUSH: Right. Exactly right. All I can think of when I hear things like this is how we were all going to be unified. We were all going to be part of a never-before-happy family, postpartisan, postracial. What we actually have had is we have our first post-American president.